Francis took possession of the Cathedral of John Lateran as Bishop of the Diocese of Rome this morning.
Keen observers have noted that he is using the contemporary pastoral staff (ferula) used by Paul VI and John Paul II:
In 2008 Pope Benedict had revived the staff of Pius XI and Pius XII (right below), and then in 2009 he received a new golden staff. Francis has shelved all this and taken up the earlier, contemporary one. This is probably not that important, taken by itself. But it is striking that Francis is not shy about undoing or rejecting so many of the symbolic hallmarks of his immediate predecessor.